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Minimize: the Project Where I get rid of All the Things (in the pencil holder)

3 Simple Steps to a Cleaner Desk | A minimalism challenge

Minimize | A Project focused on cleaning out every corner where we collect clutter. For more on this series visit How I Sustain Blog (howisustain.com)

This post is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post.

 

I know what you’re thinking: a pencil holder? LAME.

Bear with me.

This project is about a lifestyle shift. It’s about focusing on the tiniest corner that has collected clutter and reducing it down to what I need, what I use, and what sustains daily life. Sometimes that means getting rid of emotional clutter like when I got rid of all the company logos and sometimes that means cleaning out my pencil holder because it’s packed with stuff and I still have to look through my drawer to find my favorite pen.

It’s about keeping only what you need in the places where you need it.

So today I cleaned out my pencil holder. And I actually spent some time asking myself what I liked to write with, why, and where I use each tool. And it was a surprisingly useful exercise that took only a few minutes to put together.

3 Steps to a Cleaner Desk

1. Take a look at what you have. I found that I was a lot more critical of my clutter-keeping when I took the object away from where it is normally kept. So I brought it to a sunny spot in my office and surveyed the situation.

Minimize | Before

Minimize | Before

 

Minimize | Before

Minimize | Before

2. Take everything out of the container. It’s a lot easier to add than it is to delete (said the clutter-keeper). Take a moment to say goodbye to the random orange pencil you’ve never used, the dry-erase marker that doesn’t mark, and the ruler you have never used. It’s been real.

Minimize | the stuff I took out

Minimize | the stuff I took out

3. Put back the stuff you used in the last 1-3 days. Everything else can stay accessible nearby, but what you’ve done is

Minimize | A lot less stuff

Minimize | A lot less stuff

 

So there you have it. Three simple steps to getting all that crap out of your pencil holder. And now, with the help of this drawer organization project, you’re that much closer to a clean desk.

 

Happy cleaning!

xoxo,

Julie

 

3 Simple Steps to a Cleaner Desk | A minimalism challenge Minimize | A Project focused on cleaning out every corner where we collect clutter. For more on this series visit How I Sustain Blog (howisustain.com)

3 Simple Steps to a Cleaner Desk | A minimalism challenge
Minimize | A Project focused on cleaning out every corner where we collect clutter. For more on this series visit How I Sustain Blog (howisustain.com)